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A Map for the New World: The Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media

Illya Szilak | Posted 07.12.2014 | Books
Illya Szilak

The Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media The recently published "Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media", weighing in at over five hundred pages, claim...

For Ike Balbus on His 70th Birthday

Danny Postel | Posted 06.01.2014 | Chicago
Danny Postel

The Summer 1982 issue carried an article with the title "A Neo-Hegelian, Feminist, Psychoanalytic Perspective on Ecology" by Isaac D. Balbus. This constellation of terms instantly sent my intellectual libido into overdrive.

Get Smart! Cultivate Interdependence!

Michael Roth | Posted 01.15.2013 | College
Michael Roth

The goal of inquiry isn't Truth with a capital "T;" it is more inquiry. The goal of liberal learning is more learning. We hold onto our "plasticity" by holding onto our ability to be affected by others -- to learn from experience in context.

Santa, Deconstructed

Derek Nystrom | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Derek Nystrom

I've recently realized that Santa Claus actually enacts, in miniature, the various stages of our gradual recognition of and acquiescence to contemporary forms of power and authority. No, seriously, he does. Here's how.

Polytheism And Human Sacrifice In Early Israelite Religion

Valerie Tarico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Valerie Tarico

Surprise of surprises, as Israel aspired to greatness and sought to make a name for itself, surrounded by vast empires, Yahweh got bigger and bigger -- so vastly superior was Yahweh to the gods of other nations.

Speaking Truth to Power: The Mythology of Imperialism

Rick Ayers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Rick Ayers

When I decided to teach Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness at Berkeley High School, it had been out of favor as an appropriate text because it was considered too controversial.